Are you patient?

‘Patience is a virtue that carries a lot of wait!’ – Anon

Would you say that you are a patient person? Are you good at waiting? People always tell us that good things come to those who wait.

I must confess I’m not good at waiting. It doesn’t matter what it is I just can’t seem to be patient or keep still. When I was growing up I always had to be doing something, I lost count the amount of times my mum told me to stop fidgeting, be patient.

On Tuesday afternoon I found myself in the doctors surgery, waiting for what seemed like an eternity, which is nothing new. Before you start worrying it wasn’t for anything serious…in fact it was nothing to do with me… I was with Erika. (Now for those of you who weren’t already aware Erika is pregnant and as I write this blog the due date is only a few days away).

So I am in the waiting room… waiting to be called through for the midwife appointment, trying to keep myself occupied by walking around the room, reading pointless magazines, twiddling my thumbs and counting down time, you know the score. By the time we got called through I was nearly bouncing off the walls and I had a feeling Erika wasn’t best impressed with me. The appointment went well, but the whole experience got me thinking. As the due date gets closer and closer, I seem to be getting more impatient and even a little frustrated.

You see I have wanted to be a dad ever since I can remember, When Erika told me she was pregnant it was one of the happiest moments of my life (Yes I know it’s cheesy). Ever since that day I have been waiting to meet our baby. I want to meet baby Crosse asap, now if possible, I want to hold him/her (We don’t know if it’s a boy or girl yet more excitement) in my arms, I want to feel the joy of being a dad but it still feels like an eternity away, I often ask myself will this baby ever arrive? I am definitely too impatient!

But if I am really honest, what is my impatience really achieving? It’s certainly not going to bring the baby here quicker. If I let the worries or excitement get the better of me I will drive myself mad and probably all the others around me in the process.

God has got our little baby in the palm of his hands and when God wants us to receive our bundle of promise it will happen, but in the mean time I need to learn to be patient. Galatians 5 talks about the fruit of patience, I know that is what I need at this time and in my life in general, probably more than I care to admit and God desires to see it at work in my life and in yours.

I don’t know what it is you’re waiting for, perhaps it’s an answer to a prayer, perhaps it’s a promotion opportunity, or like me awaiting the birth of a child, and I don’t know how long you have been waiting for it to come, whether your journey has been easy or at times frustrating and challenging. However, I do know each one of us will receive the answer/result at the right time, there will be an end to our waiting.

Psalm 37 v 7-9 says “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him, do not fret when man succeeds in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; DO NOT FRET it only leads to evil… But those who HOPE IN THE LORD will inherit the land.”

My prayer for each of us today is that we would not fret, but instead we would put our hope in the Lord (who never fails) that we would know his presence as we seek and wait with patience the resolving of our situations.

Next time you hear from me I’ll be a dad… good things really do come to those who wait!

Be Blessed

Pastor Steve

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